A Huddersfield Town fan has been banned from watching football matches in the UK for three years.
Father-of-one Jonathan Patterson, 28, of Belton Street, Moldgreen, admitted obstructing a police constable ahead of Town’s game against Newcastle United on March 4.
Edward Johnson, prosecuting, told Kirklees magistrates that PC Bailey was on football patrol in Leeds Road, Huddersfield, making sure “fans are not being a nuisance to the public.”
He added: “A group of fans who arrived at Leeds Road were seen to run into the carriageway towards Newcastle fans and it was PC Bailey’s view that they were trying to cause a disturbance. They were separated from one another.”
Mr Smith said that during the process of issuing a Dispersal Order the defendant became aggressive and started shouting at PC Bailey.
“He was told to remain there while the relevant documentation was issued.
“He decided he would not stay while the order was being prepared and tried to leave.
“PC Bailey told him he would be arrested for non-compliance. PC Bailey put his hand up to stop him from walking into him. At that point the defendant threw his hand back so hard that it hit the jaw of PC Bailey.”
Video footage of the incident was then played.
PC Bailey could be heard saying to him: “You will get locked up, pal. You will get locked up, Mr Patterson, all you had to do was stay there.”
In mitigation Sean Smith, for Patterson, said: “He was not aware of Social Dispersal Orders whereby police can issue a notice to an individual to vacate the area.
“He accepts fully that his behaviour was not of the best.”
The court heard the defendant has a previous conviction for football-related affray in 2009 and one for non-related affray in 2013.
Chairman of the bench, Anthea Ainley, handed down a three year football ban.
In addition he was told to pay a fine of £297, a £30 victim surcharge and £500 prosecution costs.
She told him: “There’s a pattern of drinking before matches and obviously you have not learnt from previous bans.”
Patterson can appeal the ban through the crown courts.